Lucibela, New Vocal Charm from Cape Verde

Lucibela – Laço Umbilical (Lusafrica, 2018)

Laço Umbilical is the debut album Lucibela, one of the great new female vocalists from Cape Verde. Lucibela has a deep, charming voice and a style that has been compared the iconic Cesaria Evora. Indeed, Lucibela specializes in two genres, morna and coladera, that Cesaria Evora made popular.

The album features lyrics by Cape Verde’s finest songwriters and songs exquisitely-arranged by guitar and cavaquinho virtuoso Toy Vieira. There is superb guitar and percussion work throughout the album.

The lineup includes Lucibela on vocals; Toy Vieira on: acoustic guitar and cavaquinho; Vaiss on acoustic guitar; Stephan Almeida on cavaquinho; Djim Job on bass; Nir Paris and Miroca Paris on percussion; Totinho on soprano saxophone; Mario Marta and Marise Vasconcelhos on backing vocals; Maryll Abbas on accordion; Julián Corrales on violin; Thierry Fanfant on bass; Hernani Almeida on semi acoustic guitar; and Daniel Rodriguez on cello.

Buy Laço Umbilical (Lusafrica, 2018)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.


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